We offer all types of surgeries, both elective and emergency procedures.
About this service
Dr. Thomas van Bergen, PhD, Diplomate ECVS (European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Surgery) is in charge of the surgical team.
All types of surgery, both elective and emergency procedures, can be performed at the clinic. This includes arthroscopies, laparoscopies, castrations, colic surgery, trauma surgery and many more.
The clinic disposes of a large and modern surgical theatre with 2 recovery boxes, especially designed for an assisted recovery in the best and safest circumstances.
An experienced anaesthesiologist is responsible for bringing the horses under anaesthesia and the clinic has a full monitoring system available to allow early detection and intervention in case of the slightest problem. Two fully padded recovery boxes equipped with systems to guide the horse during induction and recovery are available.
The clinic has a separate surgical theatre dedicated to standing surgeries, such as laparoscopy, a technique in which Dr. van Bergen has specialized and even gained international recognition. During his PhD, he developed a specific laparoscopic technique (‘laparoscopic epiploic foramen mesh closure’) for a life-threatening intestinal disorder (‘epiploic foramen entrapment of the small intestine’), which has been adopted by surgeons all over the world.
Read the PhD thesis.
Thomas van Bergen graduated from Ghent University (Belgium) in 2005. After graduation he immediately joined Jean Luc Fraipont at his large animal practice in Chéméry-sur-Bar, where he worked for 4 years. In 2009, in search of a more equine orientated position, he moved to Switzerland where he worked for 2 years with the renowned equine orthopedist Dr. H.G. Stihl. In 2012 Thomas returned to Ghent University to complete a European residency program in equine surgery under the supervision of Prof. Martens. In 2016 he passed the European board certifying exam and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (Diplomate ECVS). His research in the field of equine laparoscopy resulted in several scientific publications in international journals and in 2018 Thomas obtained a PhD in veterinary medicine. In the spring of 2019, after 7 years at Ghent University, Thomas decided to found a new private equine clinic in the north of France together with Jean Luc Fraipont.